NSF announces solicitation for open-source ecosystems 

Are you interested in developing a community to manage open-source products, such as software, hardware, models, specifications, programing languages or data platforms?  If so, consider submitting a proposal to the Pathways to Enable Open-Source Ecosystems (POSE) program.  

This program aims to support new managing organizations to catalyze distributed, community-driven development and growth of new open-source ecosystems (OSEs). The expected outcomes of the POSE program are to grow the community of researchers and innovators who develop and contribute to OSE efforts, and to enable pathways for the safe and secure development of OSEs that have broad societal impacts. OSEs can stem from any areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and development. 

This solicitation seeks two types of proposals, allowing teams to propose specific activities: 

  • to scope and plan the establishment of an OSE (Phase I), and  
  • to establish a sustainable OSE based on a robust open-source product that shows promise in the ability to both meet an emergent societal or national need and build a community to help develop it (Phase II). 

If this solicitation sounds compelling, have a look at the POSE resources (including informational webinars) and some of the recently funded POSE projects to help with brainstorming on how you can develop an OSE community.  

The next full deadline for POSE proposals is September 7, 2023.